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2017 Haunt Industry Event Calendar's calendar of Halloween, Haunted House, Horror and Paranormal events, conventions & gatherings.
Halloween, Haunted House, Horror and Paranormal events, conventions & gatherings.
Illinois Events
Zombies on Ice (Chicago, IL)
January 28, 2017

Rise and shine zombies. Brush off the snow and shake off the dirt. Lace up them skates because It's time for zombies to ice skate. This will be our first event to kick off the new zombie year.

American Hauntings' Annual Dead of Winter (Carlinville, IL)
February 11, 2017

Join American Hauntings for one of our oldest events -- first started back in 1999 -- as we celebrate ghosts, hauntings and the macabre at the famed Dead of Winter Festival! Come discover the spirits of the infamous, historic and haunted "Million Dollar Courthouse" in Carlinville, Illinois -- one of the most haunted places in the state -- and be chilled by presentations on ghosts, hauntings, spirited locations, and much more!

Windy City Haunters (Oak Lawn, IL)
February 18-19, 2017

Growing the industry together. This is a haunter gathering with over 25 Vendors, 30+ Street Market Spots, free classes, Saturday night after-party and more.

Walker Stalker Con (Rosemont, IL)
March 25-26, 2017

The ultimate zombie convention is headed to Chicago and we are bringing awesome guests and a herd of zombies too! The whole convention is contained within the convention center, which includes our guests, panels, artists and vendors!

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) (Chicago, IL)
April 21-23, 2017

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - also known as C2E2 - is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games.

Anime Central (Rosemont, IL)
May 19-21, 2017

Anime Central (ACen) is Chicago's and the Midwest's largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention.

Madness in May - Presented by the Halls of Madness (Paris, IL)
May 26-27, 2017

This spring in Central Illinois will NEVER be the same . Halls of Madness Haunted Attraction will swing open the gates to the Slaughter Farm - Madness in May for 2 nights only . Friday May 26th and Saturday May 27th (Memorial Day weekend) 8-12 cst. Do you have the guts? We WILL be waiting...$10

Haunted America Conference (Alton, IL)
June 23-24, 2017

America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 21st year and will be held at the Atrium Hotel in Haunted Alton, Illinois. Join us as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and present new and returning favorite speakers on ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the supernatural, and the unexplained.

Spook Show Con (Mattoon, IL)
July 14-15, 2017

The Spook Show Con makes it's way to Cross County Mall in Mattoon, Illinois for a weekend of family-friendly dark genre fun!'s Haunter Horde Gathering (Kenosha, WI)
July 29, 2017

Haunter Horde is an annual social event hosted by, exclusively for individuals in the Haunt Industry. Planned activities include a scavenger hunt, costume contest, prize raffles, charity auction and more! Regardless of whether you are associated with a large mega-haunt or a home haunt, come and join us for a day of fun!

Flashback Weekend (Rosemont, IL)
August 4-6, 2017

Flashback Weekend is Chicago's longest-running Horror Convention, as featured on both The E! True Hollywood Story and Anchor Bay's THE EVIL DEAD Ultimate DVD Set!

Wizard World: Chicago Comic Con (Rosemont, IL)
August 24-27, 2017

Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys, and social networking.

Chicago Ghost Con (Chicago, IL)
October 6-8, 2017

Ghost conference with paranormal tours, a costume bash, workshops on ghost box research, the tarot, EVP methods, crystals, family research, investigation protection and more!

Non-Illinois Events
IMATS (Los Angeles, CA)
January 13-15, 2017

What better place to connect with working make-up artists than the historical hub for film and TV productions? IMATS established the world's first-ever make-up artist show in Los Angeles in 1997.

Halloween and Party Expo (New Orleans, LA)
January 14-17, 2017

Halloween & Party Expo is the 1st and LARGEST Show for the Halloween, Party and Costume Industries.

Corn Party (Oahu, Hawaii)
January 17-20, 2017

We're excited about the upcoming 2017 Corn Party, January 17-20, which will be held in Oahu, Hawaii. The Corn Party is an annual gathering of MAiZE family members, who come together for learning and laughter. It's a combination of networking, classroom learning and farm bus tours that rotates to a new location each year.

HAuNTcon (Nashville, TN)
January 26-30, 2017

HAuNTcon is the first national tradeshow and convention for the Haunted Attraction and Halloween industries, created by Haunters for Haunters.

Days of the Dead (Atlanta, GA)
February 3-5, 2017

Days of the Dead is a by the fans, for the fans, horror convention. Days of the Dead's primary goal is to bring back the concept of the genre convention being a welcoming communal gathering of like minded friends and fans.

HorrorHound Weekend (Cincinnati, OH)
March 17-19, 2017

HorrorHound Weekend is the biggest horror event to invade the Mid-west.

Transworld's Halloween & Attractions Show (St. Louis, MO)
March 23-26, 2017

For more than 25 years, TransWorld has produced the Halloween, Costume and Party Industries' largest and most successful order-writing trade show. Year after year, TransWorld has demonstrated that it can bring together 1,000's of exhibitors and buyers and manage the complexities of producing large, successful events!

Mad Monster Party (Rock Hill, SC)
March 24-26, 2017

The MADNESS returns with another MONSTROUS guest list, amazing dealer room and more unique programming and exhibits! Join the Party!

Monsterpalooza (Pasadena, CA)
April 7-9, 2017

Monster museum, over 200 vendors, special guests, presentations, makeup demonstrations and more!

Chiller Theatre (Parsippany, NJ)
April 28-30, 2017

Chiller Theatre is your online source for horror, sci-fi and fantasy. We're home to the world's best horror and sci-fi convention - the Chiller Theatre Toy, Model & Film Expo.

West Coast Haunters Convention (Portland, OR)
May 12-14, 2017

The West Coast Haunters Convention is a new convention for the Haunted Attraction Industry with seminars, workshops and a trade show.

Midwest Haunters Convention (Columbus, Ohio)
June 8-11, 2017

The Midwest Haunters Convention is for Haunted Attraction Producers, Actors, Artists and Home Haunters. Our goal is to provide educational seminars and workshops with experienced presenters, a 75+ vendor tradeshow with the latest in haunt offerings, and a place to network with others in the industry during our unique social activities.'s Haunter Horde Gathering (Kenosha, WI)
July 29, 2017

Haunter Horde is an annual social event hosted by, exclusively for individuals in the Haunt Industry. Planned activities include a scavenger hunt, costume contest, prize raffles, charity auction and more! Regardless of whether you are associated with a large mega-haunt or a home haunt, come and join us for a day of fun!

Dragon-Con (Atlanta, GA)
September 1-4, 2017

Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!

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